Supervisors Bring in Outside Help for Sac County CPS
Sacramento County’s embattled Child Protective Services division is finally getting some outside help. After two sharply critical reports in the last month, supervisors voted Wednesday to work with a non-profit to clean the department up.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
How bad were the reports? Well, they found flaws in management, training, transparency and human resources. And the one from the Sacramento County Grand Jury was entitled “Nothing Ever Changes – Ever.” Supervisors originally asked county staff to bring back recommendations in 90 days. But yesterday, after weeks of pressure from the community, they changed course.
Nottoli: “We need to have a continued sense of urgency.”
Supervisor Don Nottoli.
Quote: “We certainly had that expressed in the reports that we’ve received. But I think that like a whole lot of other things, you tend to use the moment and that urgency or the follow-through does not make it all the way to the point it needs to be, to be sustainable.”
Now, county staff will work with the Child Welfare League of America on an action plan with short- and long-term fixes. Supervisors say they want detailed progress reports every 30 days.